Meet the newest members of your sales and marketing team.

We’re the only representation agency for overseas hotels, resorts and DMCs made up of experts in every UK and European market - based in one centralised UK office.

The Team

If you want to break into a new European market, you need to do more than speak the local language. You need to be fluent in the needs of the market and have the right contacts to make a difference.

Suzanne Kelly

Founder and Co-Owner

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Founder and Co-Owner

Suzanne founded Cara Hotel Marketing in 2004. She’s an industry expert with a vast experience of the travel industry across the UK, Irish and European markets. Suzanne cut her teeth in her family’s travel agency business in Dublin, Ireland, where she set up a very successful long haul division. After a brief encounter with the banking sector, she was drawn back to travel and spent almost a decade in senior sales roles for hotels and resorts in the Caribbean, Mexico and Africa.

Suzanne holds degrees in German, Economics and Business Studies from University College Dublin. She now lives in Singapore with her husband and three children. In her early years, Suzanne played tennis for Ireland and continues to send her opponents into crushing defeats!

suzanne@carahotelmarketing.com
+44 (0)20 3959 0959

James Bell

Co-Owner and Managing Director

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James Bell, Co-Owner and Managing Director

As Managing Director, James leads the strategic direction of the company and our clients in the UK and European markets. He began his career in travel at Thomson Holidays, initially on the Graduate Management Scheme, and ultimately in the long haul product department where he was responsible for the Caribbean and Mexico.

After a number of years working in representation and directly for hotels and resorts across the Caribbean, Mexico and Florida, he teamed up with Suzanne in 2005 to build the company to the success it is today. James enjoys a vast wealth of knowledge and long track-record of delivering success for partners and clients during his travel industry career.

After graduating from the University of Cambridge with a Masters in history, James spent almost 20 years living in London before heading for the green fields of Wiltshire in the UK, where he now lives with his partner.

james@carahotelmarketing.com
+44 (0)20 3959 0954

Paul Bodart

Deputy Managing Director

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Paul Bodart, Deputy Managing Director

Paul joined the team as Sales and Marketing Director in 2010 from UK tour operator, Trailfinders, where he held a number of roles in the sales, product and contracting departments. He has a great depth of knowledge about the UK and European markets to the Caribbean, Mexico and Indian Ocean. Now, as Deputy Managing Director, Paul works closely with our clients to develop top-line strategy and leads the team to ensure its effective delivery.

Paul is originally from South Africa and of French descent, giving him the insight necessary to lead our multi-cultural team. He has lived in London for the past 13 years and enjoys whizzing around the capital on his bicycle, travelling, and discovering the great outdoors with his wife and two youngs sons.

paul@carahotelmarketing.com
+44 (0)20 3959 0955

Agnes Czekanska

Director of Sales & Marketing - UK and Europe

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Agnes Czekanska, Director of Sales & Marketing - UK and Europe

Agnes joined the team in July 2012 as Sales and Marketing Manager and was promoted to director level in December 2014. Agnes has overall responsibility for increasing distribution, sales and market share for our portfolio of travel industry clients. She leads a growing, high-quality, and results-driven team.

She joined us from the Cuban and Caribbean specialist tour operator The Holiday Place, where she progressed through 8 years’ service to the role of Product Manager. She holds a Masters degree in travel and tourism and is also an MBA graduate.

Growing up in Poland gave her a head start in the Eastern European markets. And living in London for the past 16 years means she has a comprehensive understanding of the UK market needs. She’s also a passionate traveller. So much so, she’s started “collecting” airports and recently reached her first century.

agnes@carahotelmarketing.com
+44 (0)20 3959 0956

Edouard Maindon

Director of Commercial - UK and Europe

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Edouard Maindon, Director of Commercial - UK and Europe

Edouard joined the team as Commercial Director in November 2015 from UK tour operator Kuoni, where he was the Contracting Manager for Mauritius, Seychelles, Spanish Caribbean and Middle East. As Commercial Director, Edouard works closely with our hotels to develop the annual rate strategy for all European markets and implement it with our partners, as well as leading the commercial team to ensure the delivery of promotional rates throughout the season.

Edouard is originally from France, giving him the insight necessary to manage our multi-cultural team. After many years of London life, he now lives back in his home city of Nantes with his wife and two young sons. When Edouard was much younger, he completed a six-day trek in Venezuela. (And couldn’t walk for two days afterwards.)

edouard@carahotelmarketing.com
+44 (0)20 3959 0957

Donna Sweeney-Simmons

Director of Groups and Incentives

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Director of Groups and Incentives

Donna has worked in the travel industry for the past 30 years, with the last 24 focusing on the MICE and groups segment. She’s previously worked for Sandals and Superclubs and has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in groups and incentives. She joined us in August 2012. In her role, Donna works closely with incentive houses and smaller bespoke clients to create brand awareness to meet their and their client’s group and incentive requests.

Donna loves challenging herself with a daily early morning boxing session or cardio workout and is passionate about travelling. She also has a secret superpower: being able to eat nine crème eggs in one sitting without feeling queasy.

donna@carahotelmarketing.com
+44 (0)20 3372 4810

Joanne Ellis

Sales & Marketing Manager – UK and Ireland

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Joanne Ellis, Sales & Marketing Manager – UK and Ireland

Joanne and her team work to ensure there’s a proactive and results-driven approach to supporting all of the UK & Irish tour operators that we work with. She joined the team in September 2018 from UK tour operator, Best At Travel, where she was their Caribbean Product Manager. Having worked in the travel industry for over 20 years with the likes of Cosmos Holidays and Caribtours, Joanne brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience of the UK market.

Yorkshire born and bred, Joanne got the travel bug from her grandparents who filled her with stories of their adventures driving down to Spain in the 1960s. She loves getting back to nature, whether that's a traditional sheep festival in the Yorkshire Dales or trekking in the Costa Rican jungle in search of the quetzal bird and sleepy sloths!

joanne@carahotelmarketing.com
+44 (0)20 3959 0977

Honorine Robinet

Sales & Marketing Manager - France, Benelux and Russia

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Honorine Robinet, Sales & Marketing Manager - France, Benelux and Russia

Honorine joined as Sales and Marketing Manager in December 2015 from Accor Hotels, where she led the Sales and Marketing department for a 4* Mercure Boutique Hotel in London. She works closely with our commercial and marketing teams and implements and develops relationships with tour operators and other trade partners in the French, Benelux and Russian markets.

After five years in London, Honorine now lives in her home city of Lille in northern France - with her gorgeous labrador, Oscar, in tow. It’s her ambition to visit every country on the planet and, for the past seven years, has visited at least two new countries each year.

honorine@carahotelmarketing.com
+44 (0)20 3959 0989

Sandra Timmermanns

Sales & Marketing Manager – Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Scandinavia and E. Europe

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Sandra Timmermanns, Sales & Marketing Manager – Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Scandinavia and E. Europe

Sandra joined the team as Sales and Marketing Executive in 2013 and was promoted to Sales and Marketing Manager in 2015. She holds a BSc in International Hospitality and Tourism Management and has previously worked as Online Marketing Manager for the German South America specialist Viventura.

Sandra liaises with tour operators to increase sales for AMResorts and find new marketing opportunities. Moreover, she supports our partners wherever she can. After working in our London office for nearly two years, Sandra is now based in Germany - with her dog Sky to keep her company.

sandra@carahotelmarketing.com
+49 (0) 2462 9011859

Lizzie Parker

Senior Commercial Manager - Dominican Republic

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Lizzie Parker, Senior Commercial Manager - Dominican Republic

Lizzie spent a number of years working in sales and client development for Tiffany & Co. before her passion for travel and all things Mexican led her to pursue a career in the travel industry. She joined the team as Sales and Marketing Executive in 2014 and was promoted to Commercial Manager in 2015.

When she’s not attending Royal Garden Parties at Buckingham Palace (and meeting the Queen), Lizzie uses her strategic thinking and analytical skills to manage the commercial strategy for her client hotels. During her year abroad in Guadalajara, Mexico, Lizzie travelled extensively throughout the country, giving her a unique insight into the competitive environment.

lizzie@carahotelmarketing.com
+44 (0)20 3959 0958

Gosia Garbacz

Commercial Manager - Dominican Republic

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Gosia Garbacz, Commercial Manager - Dominican Republic

Gosia joined the company in February 2016 from the UK Tour Operator The Holiday Place where she’d worked in the Product Department for 11 years. During this time, she built up a good knowledge of the UK market to the Caribbean, Mexico and Latin America countries.

As a Commercial Manager, Gosia works closely with our client’s hotels in the Dominican Republic to increase revenue, maximise ADR and grow their market share. Gosia is originally from Poland and she moved to the UK in 2003. She lives in London and likes travelling, outdoor activities, photography, Zumba and the movie Dirty Dancing - so much so, she’s seen it over 20 times.

gosia@carahotelmarketing.com
+44 (0)20 3959 0963

Guillaume Boiron

Commercial Manager - Mexican Caribbean

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Guillaume Boiron, Commercial Manager - Mexican Caribbean

After a year in southern California working for a technology startup, Guillaume joined Cara Hotel Marketing in 2013. His main mission was to look after the France and Benelux markets. Now as Commercial Manager, Guillaume is responsible for the commercial strategy for our client hotels in the Mexican Caribbean.

He was born in France from a French father and an Honduran mother. This allowed him to discover two fascinating and very different cultures and languages from a young age. Guillaume may be be the only French person who doesn’t like cheese. (But at least he does love wine.)

guillaume@carahotelmarketing.com
+44 (0)20 3959 0960

Kieron Sellens

Senior Marketing & PR Manager – UK and Europe

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Senior Marketing & PR Manager – UK and Europe

Kieron joined the team in March 2013 following five years as Marketing Manager with The Association of Independent Tour Operators. Bringing a wealth of travel knowledge, passion and marketing experience to the role, Kieron manages the marketing partnerships across the UK and European markets for all our clients and leads the marketing team in its day to day duties.

After embarking on a marketing career in the IT industry, Kieron spent time travelling and living abroad in Barcelona as a business English teacher, before returning to the UK in 2006 to pursue a career in travel. During his travels, he once spent three hours cycling in the dark up a mountain in Ecuador with no lights, after the pick-up vehicle broke down on the way to the meeting point. So we consider ourselves lucky he made it back at all.

kieron@carahotelmarketing.com
+44 (0)20 3959 0970

Carmen Scherl

Commercial Manager – Latin America, Caribbean & Mexican Pacific

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Carmen Scherl, Commercial Manager – Latin America, Caribbean & Mexican Pacific

After studying International Tourism Management, Carmen gained considerable experience working in hotels across Germany and the UK. Prior to joining Cara Hotel Marketing in August 2016, she was working for an Accor Hotel Group hotel in London as Revenue Manager.

She brings strong commercial acumen to her role as Commercial Manager where she is responsible for working with our client portfolio of hotels in the Caribbean, Mexican Pacific and Latin America to manage their commercial strategy, maximising yield and revenue growth.

Carmen loves travelling and takes every opportunity to swim with whatever sea life she can find – sting rays, turtles and dolphins were particular highlights and now she has her sights set on swimming with a whale!

carmen@carahotelmarketing.com

+44 (0)20 3959 0964

Sarah Johnson

Business Development Manager, UK and Ireland

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Sarah Johnson, Business Development Manager, UK and Ireland

Sarah joined the team as Business Development Executive in 2011 from UK tour operator Trailfinders, where she was a travel consultant in the High Street Kensington branch, selling worldwide long haul holidays.

In her current role as Business Development Manager, Sarah and her team work closely with UK and Irish travel agents and tour operators to ensure our clients’ product remains front of mind. Sarah has travelled extensively in a personal and professional capacity, which combined with her knowledge of the sales process, ensures dynamic and strategic business development. On her round-the-world backpacking trip, Sarah bungee-jumped the 134m Nevis High Wire in New Zealand.

sarah@carahotelmarketing.com
+44 (0)20 3959 0984

Silvia Catena

Commercial Executive - Latin America, Caribbean & Mexican Pacific

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Silvia Catena, Commercial Executive - Latin America, Caribbean & Mexican Pacific

Originally from Italy, Silvia studied Foreign Languages at the University of Bologna before moving to the UK in January 2015. She gained invaluable experience working in hotels and latterly at Tripadvisor before joining Cara's team in October 2017. As Commercial Executive, she contributes to our commercial strategy for client hotels in Latin America, the Caribbean & Mexican Pacific.

Silvia is very passionate about travel and meeting new people around the world. She is always planning her next adventure and has managed to cover a lot of the globe having visited no less than 16 countries in the last 2 years!

silvia@carahotelmarketing.com
+44 (0)20 3959 0965

Samantha Shackell

Commercial Executive – Dominican Republic

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Samantha Shackell, Commercial Executive – Dominican Republic

Samantha joined the company in May 2018 from UK online spa experiences agent Spabreaks.com, where she held the position of Product Executive. This experience gave her a great knowledge of the UK travel industry, as well as a significant understanding of the tourism industry as a whole. Now as a Commercial Executive, Samantha contributes to the commercial strategy for our client hotels in the Dominican Republic.

Born and bred in South London, Samantha loves to travel the world. She started her working life as cabin crew for a leading European airline and continues to quench her thirst for exploring new cultures whenever she can. Fitness is also a huge passion and in her spare time she is usually found in the gym kick-boxing. In 2016 she completed Tough Mudder, the ultimate "mud run", which was not only a great achievement but a huge test of stamina, strength & grit!

samantha@carahotelmarketing.com
+44 (0)20 3959 0961

Alice Hugill-Lee

Commercial Executive - Mexican Caribbean

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Alice Hugill-Lee, Commercial Executive - Mexican Caribbean

Alice joined the team in April 2018. Her thirst for travel started at the age of 16 on an American exchange holiday to Memphis where she developed a love for new cultures, music and food. After later graduating from university with a degree in Tourism Management & International Tourism Development, she embarked upon a travel career through roles at Virgin Holidays and Flight Centre. She now contributes towards the commercial strategy of our client hotels in the Mexican Caribbean.

Alice loves the Caribbean and counts the time she visited Grenada to help develop a community tourism plan as one of her top life experiences. A close second was volunteering at the 2012 London Olympics where she not only met Dame Helen Mirren & Zinedine Zidane, but witnessed Usain Bolt make world record history!

alice@carahotelmarketing.com
+44 (0)20 3959 0962

Lauren Yems

Marketing & PR Executive

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Lauren Yems, Marketing & PR Executive

Lauren joined the team in May 2018 from UK tour operator Travelopia where she worked in the marketing department of Australasia specialist, Austravel. She started her travel industry career at sister company Hayes & Jarvis where she progressed through the sales, inventory and commercial teams before finding her heart in marketing. She is now responsible for implementing regular marketing activity on behalf of our clients in the UK & Europe whilst developing relationships with key media contacts in order to raise awareness of their brands through multiple communications channels.

Lauren is a real travel junkie and always jumps at the chance to get on a plane somewhere new! She is busy "collecting" new countries and has visited no less than 15 in the last two years. She is an adventurous traveller with it - and counts a sunrise hike up Mount Batur volcano in Bali as one of her most exhilarating experiences (despite it being cloudy when she got to the top!).

 lauren@carahotelmarketing.com
+44 (0)20 3959 0971

Timothé Raimbault

Marketing & PR Executive

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Timothé Raimbault, Marketing & PR Executive

Tim started as an intern in March 2015 on a six-month contract and joined full-time soon after. As Marketing and Public Relations Executive, he initiates and carries out regular marketing and PR activity in the UK, French and Benelux markets.

Originally from France, Tim now lives in London. And when he’s not using the tools he picked up at international business school to help increase our profile, he spends his time listening to music, apnea diving and travelling, particularly around Latin America - a place he fell in love with after spending three months in Peru helping a humanitarian organisation.

tim@carahotelmarketing.com
+44 (0)20 3959 0973

Britta Adrians

Marketing & PR Executive

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Britta Adrians, Marketing & PR Executive

Britta started her travel industry career in Germany with roles at InterContinental Hotels Group and Argus Reisen GmbH, a tour operator specialised in tailor-made holidays to North America. After a year at Strathclyde Business School where she gained a Masters in Tourism Marketing Management, she joined Cara Hotel Marketing in September 2016 and now works in the role of Marketing & PR Executive.

Britta’s focus is upon maintaining strong media & travel trade relations whilst communicating our clients’ products and services through multiple trade and consumer marketing channels in the UK, Irish and European Markets.

When she is not out and about exploring the world or skydiving, Britta enjoys music as well as most outdoor pursuits.

britta@carahotelmarketing.com

+44 (0)20 3959 0974

Megan Walsh

Sales & Marketing Executive - UK and Ireland

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Megan Walsh, Sales & Marketing Executive - UK and Ireland

Megan started her career in Mexico at Amstar DMC where she was Group Sales Executive. This was followed by a move to Mallorca and a role as Lead Administration Agent for EasyJet Holidays. With an in depth knowledge of Mexico, a passion for the Caribbean, and solid experience of working with the UK & European travel industry, Megan joined our team in September 2016 in the role of Sales & Marketing Executive – UK & Ireland.

British, but new to English life, Megan is a proud bubbly Latina at heart and can often be heard singing along in Spanish & Portuguese to her favourite Latin songs.

megan@carahotelmarketing.com

+44 (0)20 3959 0979

Anastasía Chrysidou

Sales & Marketing Executive - UK and Ireland

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Anastasía Chrysidou, Sales & Marketing Executive - UK and Ireland

Anastasía knows the UK market to the Caribbean, Mexico and the rest of Latin America inside out. She joined the team in August 2015 from AVIAREPS UK, a tourism representation agency where she worked as an events coordinator. As our Sales and Marketing Executive for UK & Ireland, she works closely with her accounts to ensure the best possible offers and grow sales and exposure for the resorts.

 Anastasía is originally from Greece and has lived in London for the past six years. She studied tourism management and will never say no to a trip - which could account for her having lived in six different cities in four countries.

anastasia.chrysidou@carahotelmarketing.com
+44 (0)20 3959 0978

Anna Bialczak

Sales & Marketing Executive – Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Scandinavia and E. Europe

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Anna Bialczak, Sales & Marketing Executive – Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Scandinavia and E. Europe

Anna joined the team in August 2018. This was her first role in the travel industry, having joined the team from a London-based recruitment company where she was a Senior Recruiter. She is now responsible for building strong partnerships with tour operators in the German, Swiss, Austrian, Scandinavian & Eastern European markets in order to increase distribution, sales and market share for Cara Hotel Marketing’s portfolio of travel industry clients.

Originally from Poland, Anna moved to Germany to study and holds a Bachelors Degree in Social Economics, specialising in Marketing. She is fluent in English, German and Polish.

anna@carahotelmarketing.com
+44 (0)20 3959 0980

Anastasia Bojarova

Sales & Marketing Executive - Russia, Ukraine and CIS

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Anastasia Bojarova, Sales & Marketing Executive - Russia, Ukraine and CIS

Anastasia was born into a Russian-speaking family in Lithuania and moved to London right after graduating from high school. Today, she’s the first point of contact for our Russian and Ukrainian tour operators and media partners.

She joined Cara Hotel Marketing in summer 2015, after graduating with a Politics and Sociology degree from Goldsmiths, University of London. When she’s not following the political trends in Russia or keeping up to date with the changes happening in the travel industry, she likes to sing in her fourth language: Spanish. (So long as no-one else is home to hear.)

anastasia@carahotelmarketing.com
+44 (0)20 3959 0990

Marie Gougeon

Business Development & Sales Executive - France and Benelux

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Marie Gougeon, Business Development & Sales Executive - France and Benelux

Marie cut her travel teeth as a destination representative in both Greece and Croatia for French tour operator Voyages Fram before moving to London where she was working as Contracting & Purchasing Coordinator for wholesaler Miki Travel.

As Business Development and Marketing Executive, Marie joined the team in June 2016 and is in charge of developing and maintaining strong working relationships with the French and Benelux travel trade.

Marie counts the Taj Mahal, Great Wall of China and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef amongst the most impressive places she has visited however she has set her sights on the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro for her next travelling adventure!

marie@carahotelmarketing.com

+44 (0)20 3959 0988

Joanna Rymaszewska

Weddings & Business Development Executive

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Joanna Rymaszewska, Weddings & Business Development Executive

Joanna got her first passport at the age of five. By the time she was twelve, it was already full of stamps. Originally from Poland, she’s lived and studied in Spain, New York and London. So you could say a career in the travel industry was inevitable.

She joined Cara in 2013 after working in the operations department of UK tour operator, The Holiday Place. After 5 years supporting our executive team in the role of Executive Assistant, Joanna has joined our Business Development team and is now responsible for growing our client business in the wedding & honeymoon segment. She also supports the wedding sales teams of our tour operator and travel agency partners, as well as training wedding specialist sales teams and representing our clients at consumer exhibitions.

joanna@carahotelmarketing.com
+44 (0)20 3959 0985

Amy Drummond

Business Development Executive - UK (Scotland and North-East England)

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Amy Drummond, Business Development Executive - UK (Scotland and North-East England)

Amy joined the team in October 2017 and as Business Development Executive, she spends her time on the road representing our clients to our travel agent and tour operator partners in Scotland and North-East England.

Another travel industry veteran, she started her career over 17 years ago working for a variety of travel agencies and tour operators in both the UK and overseas, most recently working for Funway Holidays as Business Development Manager covering the northern half of the UK. She brings with her a wealth of relationships throughout Scotland and North-East England, and is focussed on building brand awareness and support for our clients.

Amy seems to attract celebrities - make sure you ask who she (literally) bumps into next!

amy@carahotelmarketing.com
+44 (0)20 3959 0987

 

Chelsea Davies

Business Development Executive - UK (Midlands & North-West)

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Chelsea Davies, Business Development Executive - UK (Midlands & North-West)

Chelsea joined the team in June 2018 and as Business Development Executive, represents our clients to travel agents and tour operators based in the Midlands and North West of England.

Chelsea has over 10 years travel industry experience as cabin crew, a travel agent and latterly as a Store Manager with a number of leading companies including TUI and Virgin Holidays. Her travels around the world have given her a huge appetite for trying foods from different cultures. This foodie love of all things adventurous manifests itself in a mouth-watering food blog that she and her partner run on-line!

chelsea@carahotelmarketing.com

+44 (0)7825 082297 

 

Martina Karayaneva

Office & Executive Assistant

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Martina Karayaneva, Office & Executive Assistant

Martina joined the team in July 2018 and comes with a degree in Economics with Banking. She supports our executive team and is responsible for administrating accounts, payments, invoicing, and managing the smooth running of the office.

Since a young age, Martina has loved crunching numbers and from that developed a love for maths & accountancy. However, her real passion lies in travelling the globe and top of her hobby list is collecting stamps in her passport!

martina@carahotelmarketing.com
+44 (0)20 3959 0991

Teshnee Beeharry

Contracting & Administration Assistant

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Teshnee Beeharry, Contracting & Administration Assistant

Teshnee joined Cara Hotel Marketing in September 2018 for her year in industry as part of her Masters in Banking & Finance at the University of Kingston. She looks after contracting administration on behalf of our clients.

Teshnee hails from Mauritius and is fluent in English, French and Hindi. With over 55 medals hanging up at home, she is also an accomplished Badminton player, having played professionally for over 5 years and represented Mauritius internationally!

contracts@carahotelmarketing.com
+44 (0)20 3959 0966